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six cruelty free makeup brands and why I love them

For today’s post I wanted to share some of my top makeup brands that are cruelty free. I appreciate so much when a brand makes the decision to go cruelty free because as well as the obvious advantages it also opens the brand to a wider community. Let’s get into it!

Unsurprisingly, first and foremost we have to talk about Jeffree Star Cosmetics. This brand is my all time favourite brand of makeup. I wear their ‘velour liquid lipsticks’ every single day without fail. They are the creamiest, most pigmented, stunning lipsticks I have ever come across. Not only is the formula AH-MA-ZING, the range of colours is absolutely unreal! Every shade you could ever want; nudes, reds, pinks and even yellow and greens! My top lippy choices are; ‘red rum’, ‘gemini’, ‘prom night’, ‘mannequin’ and new from the Christmas collection ‘santa baby’. Anyone who hasn’t ever tried this brand NEEDS to.. they’re also vegan so really there’s no reason not to..

Anastasia Beverley Hills is one of my all time favourite brands. They’re eyeshadows are some of the best, I’ve currently got two of their palettes (Modern Renaissance and Prism – I’m feeling a review coming soon..!) and I can’t get enough of them! The formulas are so buttery and soo pigmented, exactly what I look for in eyeshadow. They have a wide range of other products as well including the extremely popular ‘dipbrow promenade’. ‘Dipbrow’ is so many people’s ‘go to’ when it comes to eyebrows and they come in such a big selection of colours with 11 shades in total, so there’s a shade to suit for everyone! I am so happy they are cruelty free as I couldn’t go without them in my kit!

The main reason this brand is in my list is because Illamasqua‘s skin base is my number one foundation, I wear it all day every day. It is a full to medium coverage which is my preference in a foundation, along with this it leaves my skin feeling light and soft which I don’t normally find with more full coverage foundations. It really gives my skin a gorgeous natural glow which lasts allll day! The formula is so easy to blend into the skin and a little really goes a long way meaning the foundation lasts you a good while, hence saving money which is what I’m all about at the moment. Illamasqua have so many other great products but this is, in my opinion, by far the best and I’m so glad they’re cruelty free.

Too Faced might honestly be the cutest brand on earth when it comes to packaging and scents. I am obsessed with anything peach, so when they brought out an ENTIRE RANGE of peach based products I didn’t know what to do with myself. I recently reviewed the ‘sweet peach eyeshadow palette’ and I absolute love it. I also have the ‘chocolate bar eyeshadow palette’ and the formulas are toooo good. Their eyeshadows blend out like butter.. and don’t even start me on the pigment, one dip in the pan and the brush is coated! Saying this, I still think the best thing about the brand is the unique scents linked with their products. The chocolate range honestly smells like a sweet chocolate dream and the peach range is the cutest, juiciest smelling peach scent you’ve ever smelt. Not only this, but their ‘better than sex’ mascara has been rated in many polls as the number one cruelty free mascara available in the UK, and to be fair.. it’s absolutely amazing. It adds length, volume and is a very pigmented black, love, love, love!

I’ve always had a huge love for Urban Decay. This brand has cracked the code on the perfect eyeshadow formula; they are insanely pigmented, easy to blend, buttery in the pan and the colour schemes in each palette they have introduced are genius. Their ‘Naked’ palette range is a well-known favourite in and outside of the beauty community, the range is so versatile meaning there is something for anyone and everyone. My number one product I cannot be without from Urban is the ‘heavy metal glitter liner’ in ‘midnight cowboy’. It is packaged like a liquid liner so has a very fine tip which is perfect for applying the liner in the crease and along the lash like, the glitter shows up so vividly and just adds that extra oomphh to any eye look you create. Most of the Urban products are also vegan which I really appreciate, not necessarily because I practice veganism myself, but because it means the brand is accessible to a wider community.

heavy metals midnight cowboy

The last brand I want to touch on is the infamous Jouer Cosmetics, this brand has really built itself up from being less well-known to an absolute empire. I am so glad that they are cruelty free as their ‘long wear lip toppers’ are really something else. They add the most gorgeous finish over any lip colour; be it liquid lip, normal lipstick, a lip tint or just your natural lip colour, the toppers add that little extra summin summin.. one of my favourite combos is to take Jeffree Star Cosmetic’s ‘red rum’ liquid lipstick and put the ‘skinny dip’ lip topper over for a little extra glam. Another stunning product from Jouer are their ‘powder highlighters’, they are so pigmented and bring that blinding glow to the face that I strive for, my favourite shade is ‘rose quartz’ which is a gorgeous soft champagne pink. For anyone that hasn’t tried this brand I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on one of their products and giving it a go!

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So there we have it, a few of my favourite cruelty free brands. If you liked this post and the content was helpful to you let me know and maybe we’ll make this a series?! Hit me up with some of your favourite cruelty free brands as I’m always on the lookout for new brands to discover!

As always thank you for reading, and I’ll see you on the next one!

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my favourite ‘Yankee Candle’ scents!

I love a good candle.. especially in the cold winter months, and in my opinion you cant get better than a good old Yankee Candle! The scents they come up with just fill me with joy (maybe because I’ve been surrounded by them my whole life..) so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites with you for this time of year! Let’s dive in..

the perfect tree (2)

Now, seeing as Christmas has just passed, I thought I’d start with a couple of my favourite Christmas scents from this year! The first is called ‘the perfect tree’ and it’s exactly what you’d expect. It smells exactly like a freshly bought Christmas tree! With its top notes being evergreen and pine needles, this candle is sure to fill your house with a joyous Christmassy scent. Saying this, I find that this scent isn’t too overwhelming, as I find some candles tend to have a very overpowering scent which really puts me off. For a cold Christmas morning ‘the perfect tree’ is exactly that, perfect.

christmas eve

The second of my favourite Christmas scents is ‘Christmas Eve’. One of my all time favourite ingredients in a candle recipe is ‘red berry’ which may be why I love this one so much.. its top notes are orange, almond and citrus with a hint of red berry and cinnamon undertones. This scent is all you could want from a Christmas candle, as soon as it begins to burn it fills the room with the most wonderful nostalgic smell of the holidays! For me it brings back all the memories of being younger on Christmas Eve, filled with excitement for the next day! A must try for this time of year, and a must have for Christmas Eve!

snow in love

Another scent I love for this time of year (and my mum’s favourite) is ‘snow in love’. This scent is beautiful, its top notes are citrus, jasmine and a hint of sandalwood. It is a very cosy and comforting scent with a floral fragrance which is not too overpowering. The scent is very delicate, bringing just the right amount of elegance to the room. It strikes me as quite a romantic scent and the presentation is adorable too, the white candle fits in with any decor and I think makes a wonderful gift. It is a perfect candle for this time of year, but is also a favourite all year round and it goes down especially well in the spring time. ‘Snow in love’ is an absolute all rounder.

peony

Peony has always been one of the scents I love the most, so I burn it all year round. It’s subtle enough to not be overpowering but strong enough that you can still smell it when you leave the room. The candle is my favourite colour, a light pink, which looks absolutely stunning. The scent entices you in with a bright sweetness and is perfect for any room. The top note is sweet peony with a mid scent of pink peony and a base of blonde woods, so you get a really raw peony scent. I’d suggest this candle for anyone with a sweet floral taste!

So there we go, a few of my favourite scents for this time of year! I hope you enjoyed reading and its inspired you to try some new scents, until next time!

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my favourite ‘Lush’ products! (pt.2)

It’s that time again to revisit my love of Lush! Like I’ve said before, they’re cruelty free AND vegan, and their innovative products always bring a smile to my face! So let’s dive straight in..

The Experimenter (bath bomb)

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£4.50

“original motion picture” – this bath bomb is exactly that, its own enthralling saga. As soon as it hits the water this bath bomb erupts with the most vibrant colours I’ve ever seen, the brightest pinks, blues, yellows, oranges and of course the addition of some glitter! This bath bomb is a real adventure from start to finish, not only are the colours stunning, the scent is unreal! Vanilla and tonka provide a sweet scent sensation while notes of vetivert run your senses wild! Perhaps my favourite thing about this bath bomb is the added extra of popping candy which appear as it starts to dissolve! (told you it was an adventure)! Another thing I love is that the colour of the bath (when all the other colours have merged into one) is completely different every time, sometimes it’s a gorgeous deep blue colour, sometimes a sea-green and anywhere in between! All I know for sure is that you definitely have to try this if you haven’t and star in your own motion picture!

D’Fluff (shaving soap)

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£6.50

“defluffed and delightful” – this shaving soap is my favourite in the Lush range. I’m not sure if that might be because it’s pink.. but I’m going to pretend it’s not. The main scents of D’Fluff are fresh strawberries and maple syrup with a hint of rose, now can you get more delicious than that? (the amount of times I’ve wondered what it tastes like..)! Take a nice scoop of the product and sweep it over any area you want ‘defluffed’, then go to town with a razor and hey presto, you’ve got some seriously silky-smooth skin. The best thing about this product is it can be used anywhere, and when I say that, I mean anywhere.. chins, legs, arms, wherever you want to be hair-free! The gorgeous marshmallowy texture is met with the softening powers of cocoa butter leaving the skin hydrated, soft and nourished. This is definitely a must have in my bathroom!

Yellow Submarine (bath bomb)

yellow submarine
£3.95

“we all bathe in a yellow submarine” – cutest thing ever right? This adorable little submarine is every bath lovers dream. Place it gently on the top of the water and watch it sail into the sunset (or just from one end of the tub to the other..) either way it’s a magical little product guaranteed to make you smile. The gorgeous blend of Brazilian orange, lemongrass and coriander seeds create a fresh and fruity scent that is strong but not overpowering. As it cruises around the tub it’s gorgeous foamy frothy trail goes from a bright yellow, to a pink, to a gorgeous orange (mirroring the scent), making you feel as if you’re witnessing a beautiful sunset whilst sinking back and relaxing. An absolute must have, I would encourage anyone to try this bath bomb out as it’s definitely become my new favourite!

So there we have it, a few more of my favourite products from one of my favourite brands! They continue to bring out so many amazing products, and no doubt they’ll definitely be another blog post dedicated to them, so stay tuned!